I completed my bachelor in physics at the University of Bologna (Italy) and obtained a master degree in experimental physics at the University of Trento (Italy) with a thesis on ageing process in glass forming materials via dynamic light scattering and correlation functions.
In my current research I'm studying the terahertz photoconductivity of Sn and Pb based perovskites for photovoltaics. In detail I'm using (wavelength-tunable) Optical-pump Terahertz-Probe spectroscopy (OPTP) to study the hot carrier relaxation within the band on an ultrafast time scale. The rise time of the photoconductivity, measured by the OPTP, can be used to directly measure the passage from a state with low mobitlity (high in the band) to a state with high mobility (bottom of the band). The possibility of harvesting hot carriers would increase the theoretical efficiency of a solar cell dramatically; this research will provide important contribution to establish design rules for perovskite solar cells.
M.G. Burdanova, A. P. Tsapenko, R. Kashtiban, J. Sloan, C. D. W. Mosley, M. Monti, M. Staniforth, Y. G. Gladush, A. G. Nasibulin and J. Lloyd-Hughes, Giant negative photoconductivity in controllably-doped carbon nanotube networks, ACS Photonics, 2019, 6(4), pp 1058-1066.
M. Monti, J. M. Woolley, M. Staniforth, A. Wijesekara, S. X. Tao, R. M. I. Bandara, I. Jayawardena, A. Crocker, E. Griffin, S. R. P. Silva, R. A. Hatton and J. Lloyd-Hughes, Efficient Intraband Hot Carrier Relaxation in Sn and Pb Pervoskte Semiconductors mediated by Strong Electron-phonon Coupling, Proc. SPIE, 10916, pp. 109160M, February 2019.
M. Monti, S. X. Tao, M. Staniforth, A. Crocker, E. Griffin, A. Wijesekara, R. Hatton and J. Lloyd-Hughes, Efficient Intraband Hot Carrier Relaxation in the Perovskite Semiconductor Cs1–xRbxSnI3 Mediated by Strong Electron–Phonon Coupling, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2018, 122(36), pp 20669-20675.
Efficient Intraband Hot Carrier Relaxation in Sn and Pb Perovskite Semiconductors Mediated by Strong Electron-phonon Coupling, M. Monti, J. A. Woolley, M. Staniforth, A. Wijesekara, S. X. Tao, R.M.I. Bandara, I. Jayawardena, A. Crocker, E. Griffin, S. R. P. Silva, R. A. Hatton and J. Lloyd-Hughes, SPIE Photonics West, Ultrafast Phenomena and Nanophotonics XXIII, San Francisco, February 2019